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March 23, 1970

Medical News

JAMA. 1970;211(12):1943-1960. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170120007003

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Can community centers cure health problems of the poor? 

As comprehensive health centers enter a new phase, physicians discuss the merits of the concept and point out benefits for rich and poor alike  .On July 1, the comprehensive neighborhood health center concept will reach official maturity.According to President Nixon's budget message, responsibility for $30 million in center operating expenses will be transferred from the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) to the Health Services and Mental Health Administration (HSMHA).Government officials feel that as many as ten of the "more mature" neighborhood health centers have fulfilled their roles as demonstration projects under OEO and are now ready to provide full-time services under HSMHA.The neighborhood health center idea has been touted as one of the most effective means for delivering health care to the nation's poor. Advocates are calling for enough funds to sprinkle 600 to 800 comprehensive care clinics